Three Casita Tours & Lots of Discoveries

We saw a herd of 6 tame deer several times today, but I only got 4 in my photo.

Today was one of those glorious days where everything turned out right.

I gave three Casita tours today.  I just love showing off my little trailer and I also really do appreciate the compliments on my decor.  🙂

Tentatively identified as a Red Buckeye

I discovered a new plant today.  It was a small, straggly tree with nut husks that contained two shiny dark brown nuts.  I had never seen an Ohio Buckeye, and originally thought that was what it must be.  But I looked it up and learned that Ohio Buckeye has spiny husks, and this one had fairly smooth husks.  I think I’ve identified it as a Red Buckeye.  In any case, its nuts are poisonous like the Ohio Buckeye’s.

Red buckeye nuts (I think)

Ringless honey mushrooms

In spite of the extreme drought, I found two different kinds of mushrooms today.  They grow on buried wood, which retains water much longer than the soil does.  So I wasn’t skunked in my quest this trip after all!

The ringless honey mushrooms are edible.  However, depending on where they grow they can make you sick.  I’ve eaten some and enjoyed them.  But I got sick on them once, too, so I don’t eat them anymore.  Just enjoy finding and identifying them.

Chrome footed bolete. The pinkish color of the cap did not show up in my photo.

I also found my first chrome footed bolete today, too.  They are a safe edible, but this one was past its prime, so I contented myself with finding and recognizing a new mushroom!

We usually take the dogs for 3 good walks a day, but that’s not always enough to burn up Sheba’s excess energy.  This afternoon, we went on a LONG walk.  On the way back, Roxanne, a camping neighbor who fell madly in love with Sheba, asked if she could walk her.  We said yes and off she went with Sheba dragging her along.

The chrome footed bolete’s speckled stalk and yellow foot.

When they got back Sheba was pooped.  Roxanne said that Sheba had plopped down and lay in the street twice before they got back.

Tonight Sheba is sprawled out on the camper floor, sound asleep.  I think for the first time we finally burned off ALL the excess Australian Shepherd puppy energy!  😀

On our walk we passed a bush with dozens of yellow and orange butterflies.  I stopped and watched them for several minutes.  I’ve never seen so many butterflies in one place at the same time.

Dozens of butterflies were taking advantage of these flowers.

This campground is amazing. It is crammed full of weekend campers, and all we can hear outside are the night sounds of the woods.  We are surrounded by tent campers who apparently are here to enjoy nature.  No radios.  No blaring music.  No loud talking.  Flickers of campfires are the only indication that people are here.  All of the sites are screened by vegetation, so it’s more private and peaceful than we could have dreamed.  We will definitely come back here.  But next time we’ll reserve a waterfront site.

Can’t ever have too many butterfly pictures! 🙂

I also found a couple of different wild pea family flowers, and one precious little blue asiatic dayflower.  And lots of the common little raggedy yellow flowers that make me think of sunshine and smiles, although I don’t know their name!

Oh…. one more thing.  I saw the biggest tent I have ever seen in a campground here today.  It’s as big as a small cabin.  See photo below!

Unknown member of the wild pea family

These have pealike flowers, too. Don’t know their name!

Sunshine flowers!

Asiatic dayflower

Huge tent!


  1. Sounds like you are having a fantastic time. We visited a National Park campground where the camp host was living in one of those tents. He had an air conditioner connected to it.


    • If the people are there next time we walk past that tent, I think I’m going to ask if I can look inside it. It definitely looks big enough to live in.


  2. That is some tent. Wonder how many people it took to raise.
    Mushroom are so interesting. You seem to be having a great time. Enjoyed all your pictures.


  3. I remember carrying a buckeye in my pocket as a kid…think someone told me they were lucky! Your pics are beautiful…I totally messed up my camera last night. I think I pushed way too many buttons now I must figure out how to reset and open the manual again – ugh! PS Got our material for the Casita yesterday and the mattress arrived…lying on the floor waiting for it to expand. Almost 4 inches now :O)


    • Good luck with the camera. My old one jammed after I dropped it a couple of times and I couldn’t get it working again. Sure hurts to shell out the bucks for another one.

      Oh wow! Congrats on the material and the mattress! I’m so looking forward to seeing how you redo yours.


  4. I am so glad that you are having a wonderful experience. There is nothing like the peace of the woods!
    Love the picture of the butterfly on the flower…is it a thistle? I am not recognizing many of the flowers…


    • Lynne, I was so wrapped up in the butterflies, I didn’t pay much attention to the plant. I do get tunnel vision sometimes. They look like bull thistle flowers, but I have never seen any others that tall before.


  5. Isn’t it great when you are surrounded by other campers who are out there to enjoy nature, too? It makes for such a great experience.

    You take the most fantastic photos! I am terrible at close-up photos, yours are perfect! I especially love the mushroom photos. Thanks for sharing such a great post! Where is this campground? We will have to visit someday if we are in the area! Sounds idyllic!


    • Yes, I dearly love being surrounded by campers who love being outdoors as much as we do! They were young families in tents, too… not old retirees like us! 😀

      I’m not too great at photography, but my little camera seems to do best at closeups. It’s a Panasonic Lumex with a 10x digital zoom.

      We are at the McKinney Campground at the Allatoona Lake Army Corps of Engineers facility near Ackworth, GA. We moved to a waterfront site later this afternoon. Will post pictures later. 🙂


  6. I am in LOVE with your photos!! They are a regular reminder of what we’re working for – to get out there and see these beautiful things in nature for ourselves!! Please keep ’em coming!! XOXO


    • Madcap, it IS what it’s all about, isn’t it? I’ll be glad when you get your new rig and can take off on nature explorations of your own again! 🙂


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